October 2003 News

Talks offer a bold step: JKLF

29 October 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: Describing the Centre’s offer of talks to the Kashmiri leadership as a step forward in finding a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (Amanullah) today urged for a positive, prudent and political response to the move. 'Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s decision to depute Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani for talks with the Kashmiri leadership is a bold initiative.' head of JKLF diplomatic wing Dr Haider Hijazi said in a statement here. 'It seems that the ground realities have prevailed upon India to see the reason for a serious effort towards initiating a dialogue process,' he added. However, he said, it needs to be moved in the right direction, aimed exclusively at finding a solution of the Kashmir imbroglio. The process should not be derailed by politicising the issue, Dr Hijazi added. Without naming anyone, he said it was unfortunate that some 'freedom loving groups are playing with the gallery while reacting on the issue' and added that every Kashmiri should feel responsible for creating conducive atmosphere for a peaceful, equitable, democratic and permanent solution to the Kashmir issue. He said one should not at the same time loose the sight that the Kashmir issue could never be resolved through bilateralism, whether between India and Kashmiris, India and Pakistan or Pakistan and Kashmiris. Welcoming the proposal to open the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, Dr Hijazi said it could provide a passage for re-unification of the divided Jammu and Kashmir state and help resolve the issue as envisaged in the road-map for peace and prosperity of south Asia. However, he said any move to recognise the Line of Control as the de-facto international border will be unacceptable to the 'freedom-loving patriotic Kashmiris'. (UNI)


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